Just before Christmas, en route to Antarctica, we spent one night at Tierra de Leyendas, a 5-room property located 4km from downtown Ushuaia. The owners call it a "small boutique hotel" -- and who can blame them? However, we’re still not sure what a boutique hotel is (there was a moment in 2005 when we thought we’d worked it out, but then we lost it again) so we’re going to call T de L a "luxury B&B with gourmet restaurant." (This is why we don’t work in advertising.)
Call it what you will, T de L is great. Not modish, not pretentious, not overpriced, just – sorry, our thesaurus widget has just crashed – great. Owners Maia and Sebas play the role of hosts rather than hoteliers, and are happy to arrange everything from excursions to flight rescheduling. (You’ll only truly appreciate the latter service once you’ve spent some time flying around Argentina.)
The guest rooms are comfortable and homey and the website isn’t lying about the quality of the views. The Wi-Fi is a little sluggish, but this is the case everywhere in Ushuaia. If you choose to eat in the restaurant, you won’t regret it.
There’s no cable TV. They have DVDs. Now, to some tubeheads, DVDs are to cable what methadone is to a heroin addict. But if, in the midst of one of the world’s least spoilt and most beautiful environments, you find yourself wondering, ‘I wonder who O’Reilly’s got on tonight?’, you should seek help. Right away.
Room rates start at around $195USD per night.